Half a million redundant clicks

I was working on a spreadsheet with someone the other day. I was on their PC, and at the end of the session I needed a copy of the spreadsheet we’d created.

So I asked whether I could email it to myself. With her consent, I attached it to an email, put a couple of words in the subject line, and hit Send.

Automatic spell-check was turned on. It found seven errors in total, all appearing within the lady’s email signature. Parts of her name, her company address and her email address all fell foul of the spell-check.

I asked her whether this happened every time she sent an email. It did. Every time, she hit Skip seven times, the email eventually zooming into the ether on the seventh click. I asked why she hadn’t instead hit Add to dictionary, but she was afraid that doing so would add it to a big, central dictionary.

So for the last 12 years she’s hit Skip seven times—every time she’s sent an email. At 30 emails per day, that’s over half a million Skip clicks. Or she could have hit Add to dictionary seven times on day one.



3 Responses to “Half a million redundant clicks”

  1. Kate on February 11th, 2011 01:58

    Some people should not be left alone with a computer. That is all.

  2. Yasmine on February 11th, 2011 10:44

    OMG! We have people who don’t know they can send email to more than one person at a time…

  3. Kate Norman on February 12th, 2011 16:01

    I deal with this almost everyday – It’s a wonder it hasn’t sent me bonkers. I chuckle when I show people how to fix these minor issues that usually a click or a tick box can fix…

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